Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane insists that the superior fitness levels his side have in comparison to other teams have given them great confidence.
The Spurs squad initially seemed to struggle with Mauricio Pochettino's methods, but they've adapted now and Kane believes that the Argentine manager has given his side masses of belief.
It was famously said that you need two hearts to cope with Pochettino's rigorous training methods by members of his previous squad at Southampton, but the reasoning behind his intense training regime is paying dividends.
“When you know you’re fitter than the opposition, it gives you great confidence the longer the game goes on," Kane told the Evening Standard. "That’s why we’ve scored so many late goals. As the game goes on, we know we’re probably going to get one or two more chances and that we have the players to take them.
“The manager got us really fit, got us ready, kept everyone on their toes and playing for a place. That helped us and you’re starting to see the results now. Christmas is normally a time when teams get tired."
Spurs's season did threaten to be a disappointing one, but their form has been much improved of late and optimism has flooded back to White Hart Lane.
With the Lilywhites stationed just four points away from the top four and having progressed to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup there is a real opportunity for them to make this a memorable campaign.
Kane has been a pivotal factor in this run of impressive results. The 21-year-old has led the line expertly, notching 13 times this season and his emergence as a goalscorer has lifted the team greatly.
Pochettino has promised to trust the club's academy graduates and Kane feels that Spurs are showing that Premier League teams don't need to spend big money on foreign imports.
“It proves that clubs don’t always have to buy players," he said. "Sometimes there are players who are home-grown who are ready to prove themselves, and that is the case here.”